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Rashad explains Teixeira rejection

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Rashad Evans has explained why he turned down a fight with Glover Teixeira at UFC 153.

Information of the potential light-heavyweight fight recently emerged, with Teixeira eventually paired with Fabio Maldonado.

Evans has always attempted to be smart with his career choices, occasionally paying for his reserved approach when - having bided his time for a title chance - he has been struck down by injury.

When offered the Rio bout against the dangerous Teixeira, Evans opted not to take the bout on short notice due to his lack of preparation time. The former champ would have had three weeks to prepare for the card in Brazil.

"I will fight anybody with the proper notice," Evans wrote on Twitter. "But after eight years with the UFC and being one of their top earners, why would I take a bad fight.

"Bad fight meaning not being in shape. Losing is hard enough but I will never serve myself up? If I haven't been training I won't fight.

"I know a lot of fans may not realise but I don't walk around ready to fight. No-one does. In this sport it takes at least eight weeks to be ready. Fighting another person is much harder than most people think and if I'm not training it takes time to get ready. There are no easy fights."

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